Thursday, February 12, 2015

Art Show

if you are in Victoria come and check this art show at the Gage Gallery in Oak Bay. It's a photo show, and i have a couple of ceramic pieces (seen in process a few posts ago) in it : sgraffito platters based on my dad's photos:

Sunday, February 8, 2015

playing with sgraffito

while i have been working on the large sgraffito platters from my dad's photos, i also took the down-time opportunity to work on figuring out dimensions for a pasta bowl. something wider and deeper than my regular bowls…so used some of the white clay (CKK6) and used them as sgraffito "warm-ups" for the photo pieces…

here's a couple of the bowls:



i enjoyed these. they were just fun, no pressure….

Monday, January 26, 2015

new stencil

working on a new set of stencils: bears!
here's a couple of process shots, testing, and adjusting. subtle adjustments, but they make a difference…

i try to keep the stencils for my regular wares pretty simple… so think i will leave them with just these highlight lines added for the time being. partly as they are slow to cut (even though this winter i have been blessed with a studio assistant who cuts lovely stencils for me!), and though they are reusable they do eventually wear/tear…

Thursday, January 22, 2015

adventures in sgraffito

well, as much as i should be making mugs to restock after a fabulous xmas season… i am working on some large platters in WHITE!! clay. my dad asked if i would like to put some pieces into a photo show he is having at the gage gallery in february…so i said why not? and then i said what am i thinking? my work doesn't really mesh with his… and so after much pondering i thought to try some sgraffito pieces based on his photos. and so that's what i have ben working on and here are some process shots

this one is in process...

this one is finsihed and bone dry, ready for the bisque

this one is my finished test piece. you can see i was testing some colour on the bottom with a wash. still pondering whether to finish with colour on all pieces, or keep black and white, or some of each.....

Monday, December 8, 2014

west coast winter

just rainy, west coast wintery thoughts….

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Show of Hands

Please come and check the one seasonal market i am doing this year!

oh, and if you aren't able to make it to cobble hill for the show, but you are bopping around victoria, i will have my studio gallery open nov. 22 & dec. 5 from 10-3!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

going round

I have been really getting into making plates.
it's not that i don't make plates, i just don't usually make that many.
for years i have made small platters that are square, rectangular, and oval using hump moods. i like them, i like hand building and i think they are very sweet. but, i think, because of their shape, often people wonder what they are for. in my mind they are for serving food, but of course what something is used for is up to the user, and i know many of them are serving as soap dishes…
in any case is have started making more plates on the wheel.
regular, round plates.
and then sets of plates.
dinner plate, side plate.
and then large platters with deep feet and holes for hanging on the wall. i had the idea to do a show of large commemorative bicycle platters. maybe that will come to pass, maybe not, but i am hooked on the round plates and platters these days.
and no one asks me what they are for…
here are some snapshots: